ALOHA 2017 travel blog

Kaua'i our adventure begins!

Our first place to stay on Kauai.

It's always good to be home.

The pool at our Sandpiper condo. The pool was nice but they...

The view from our Sandpiper condo.

The walkway that we take from the Sandpiper condo to the Princeville...

The walkway to the Princeville shopping center.

Enjoying coffee at Lei Petite Cafe & Bakery in the Princeville shopping...

Princeville

We did most of our shopping, banking, etc here in Princeville.

Enjoying some great Hawaiian coffee at Lei Petite Cafe & Bakery. Every...

Hanalei Beach, the most famous beach on Kauai.

Hanalei Pier where people fished, swam and just sat.

Starting our hike to Anini Beach.

After a steep slippery decline we came to this beautiful overlook.

Our hike to Anini Beach got a little more steep and slippery.

Almost to Anini Beach.

When we reach Anini Beach we saw this truck. Craig thought "this...

Still a little boy at heart.

Enjoying the ambience. The beach is well known for its excellent windsurfing...

A beautiful resting spot on our walk to the Saint Regis Princeville...

An amazing view close to the Saint Regis.

The most beautiful and expensive hotel on the island.

The entrance is quite plain but the side, not so much.

What a beautiful foyer.

The next photo was taken outside just to the right in this...

Relaxing on the balcony and the Saint Regis looking towards Hanalei

A great view of Hanalei Bay from Saint Regis.

We spent most of the day visiting Kilauea and the places it...

The Kilauea Fish Marley is mainly a restaurant. We had hoped for...

These shops and the fish market are across the street from the...

Cathy was encouraged by friends to buy some pineapple soap at the...

The Kilauea coffee shop and bakery was a Great outdoor café. The...

The Christ Memorial episcopal church was made of lava stone. The cemetery...

The Kilauea Lighthouse was in an amazing setting.

A little closer view of this beautiful Lighthouse.

There is a nice paved road from the Hanalei Bay Resort as...

Our place of relaxation on the Puu Poa Beach. The views from...

Us on Puu Poa Beach with the Saint Regis Hotel in the...

Exploring Kapaa

We loved Kapaa's painted buildings.

Today we spent some time exploring around the city of Kapaa. Mostly...

Cathy is trying to side which shop should be next!

Kapaa is not a very big town, but it's big enough to...

Kappa had it's own style.

Renting some cruiser bikes today to ride along on the Kauai Bike...

What a beautiful day for a ride along the coconut coast.

Cathy is always determined to read every sign that comes her way.

One of the smoothest bike paths we have biked.

What a great place for a lunch break.

A pretty view from our lunch spot.

Craig loves beaches and this is a nice beach!

Oh, another great beach.

After a nice snack, and some nice ambience a little kiss was...

During our bike ride Cathy saw this Nano taking a rest on...

After we returned our bikes we thought a little relaxation was needed.

Close to the Princeville Shopping Center there was an overload of the...

We moved to another condo today at Hanalei beach resort. Jodi and...

Our condo at Hanover resort.

The view from our condo of Hanalei Bay in the mountains.

After unpacking we felt it was time for a couple mai tais...

Taking a break as we take a walk down to our resorts...

Walking along our resorts beach which is called Puu Poa Beach

Looking at Hanalei Pier from Puu Poa.

Enjoying Mai Tais again at our pool after the walk up from...

Levi and Judah and the big deck looking at grandma and grandpa's...

The boys playing in our pool waterfall.

One of the most beautiful hot tubs we have ever enjoyed.

On our hike to Hidden Beach it was narrow and level at...

The old, ragged ropes did make us feel very safe.

Finally less steep and almost to the beach.

Craig with the Hidden Beach in the background.

Everyone checking out the amazing water and waves.

Craig getting back from snorkeling. He not only saw some beautiful coral...

Building the Sandcastle which wasn't easy. The sand was quite grany and...

Leaving Hidden Beach and starting our steep hike back up. Mai Tais...

Beginning our hike in the Nepali Coast state wilderness area. It's a...

The sign telling us to be careful because it could be a...

It's rated as an advanced trail and as we hiked we found...

Not only is it rocky but with slippery mud!

Mid hike and we're all still smiling!

Grandma with her hiking buddies!

A nice picture of the rocks.

And then there were those gorgeous views!

Leaving our first look out.

A nice steep climb! Maybe not so nice.

Still climbing!

We're almost miss this view because it was in back of us...

Another beautiful view of the trail and coastline.

So pretty we needed two pictures.

Wow!

And we start our climb again.

We didn't want to slip here!

Our first little waterfall.

This is definitely a muddy section.

Judah just slipped and fell and he's not happy.

Almost to another lookout point.

A great view as we hike down.

The foliage all around us is just amazing!

our footing seemed a little steadier here.

But then the big boulders reappeared again.

Here come those beautiful views.

Getting a little tired of all the boulders.

Hiking on the biggest switch back.

The runoffs really helped with the hike down.

Cathy says she'll will never get down if I keep stopping her...

We found this huge open cave on the way back after our...

Looking into the cave.

On the way back from coastal hike we saw our resort a...

Levi turned 11 on February 15. His birthday cake turned out to...

This map shows the location of our Wiamea canyon drive and taking...

Our drive begins up the winding road.

People in the car were beginning to get a little sick so...

The steep cliffs were quite beautiful.

These red clay areas were all over. We were happy they were...

Almost to our destination the lookout point.

We made it but it looks a little foggy.

Thank goodness the fog started to break a little so we could...

If it had been a clear day this would've been our view.

After seeing the Wiamea canyon with then stop at the Po'ipu Beach...

The lawn next to the beach was like a golf course green....

After swimming we went for dinner at Dukes in Lihue. Great dinner...

The highlight of the evening was Levi's birthday treat. It was called...

Enjoying our wine as the boys enjoy their marshmallows at our resort...

This map shows our kayak/hike trip to the Secret Falls.

We just arrived at the Wailua River.

Already to launch our kayaks!

Grandpa and Levi are looking good so far.

Grandma and Jodi paddling up the river.

The river was wide at first but then split and became much...

Almost to where we leave the water and begin our hike to...

After tying up our kayaks we were on our way.

The hike was through the rain forest and it was just amazing!

What an amazing tree!

This was a surprise. Having to cross the stream. With the strong...

This grass was so high that once we were in it we...

Kissing beneath the natural arbor.

Definitely a muddy trail.

The fear of falling is quite intense!

Not just muddy and slippery but lots of roots.

Beauty is everywhere.

Like we said, everywhere!

We even got to climb a couple steep slippery hills.

Hopefully were getting close to the waterfall.

Levi spotted the water for first. But then he was always running...

Getting to the waterfall pond was not easy because of the huge...

But once we reach the bank there was a lot of excitement...

And there we are all of us swimming in a tropical rain...

But we just had to get totally under the waterfall.

We even had to get behind it. It was like we totally...

We couldn't imagine a more beautiful spot for having our lunch.

What a beautiful spot in the middle of Kawai.

Oh boy from here we see the whole waterfall. Just beautiful!

After finding our way back to our kayaks we made our way...

Grandfather son-in-law and two grandsons ready to jump off the 15+ foot...

We went to Hanalei Beach on our last fall day to do...

We also made lounge chairs in the sand to be more comfortable....

Chad and the boys just getting back from surfing.

There are chickens everywhere. The story is that there was a hurricane...


Getting to Hawaii was much more difficult than we had expected. We were supposed to arrive by 1 PM but instead didn't arrive until 12 midnight. Heavy fog, in San Diego, delayed flights which resulted in five flight changes. We arrived at the airport at 5 AM but didn't fly out until 3 PM. Wow what a day! There was no transportation to Princeville but an older couple offered to drive us there. Nice!

Kauai is called " the garden island" and it's easy to see why. All around you is lush and green, and flowering buses are everywhere, from bougainvillea as tall as a tree in a variety of colors (sometimes on the same bush) to plumeria trees that may have zero leaves but be covered with fragrant blossoms. Even the grass was unique, like on a putting green. Oddest of all were the colorful roosters EVERYWHERE! Rumor was that crates of chickens were released by a hurricane. They crow from morning until night, but they're certainly pretty.

We found our Sandpiper condo easily and settled in to the small but adequate space. It was perfectly located for us--a .9 mile from the bus stop and the Princeville Center. Best of all, we had beach chairs and could easily walk to two nearby beaches. Our outings by bus included a round trip ending in Hanalei where we went out for dinner; a ride then walk to Kilauea to see the lighthouse which ended up being closed; two trips to Kapaa, one for exploring the town and the second for biking the Coconut coast bike trail.

After 11 days, Chad & Jodi & the boys arrived (with a mini-van!) and we moved to Hanalei Bay Resort. What a place! Gorgeous pool and hot tub, numerous amenities, and a two-bedroom condo with an unbelievable view. We loved the Resort and the car gave us opportunities to explore additional areas in Kauai. Memorable outings were hiking along the Na Pali coast; kayaking to a waterfall and swimming below it; driving to see the Waimea Canyon which was foggy but at times cleared some; celebrating Levi's birthday at Duke's in Lihue-we thought he was getting a cupcake with a candle, but it turned out to be a huge ice cream pie called the wave pie. We had fun passing it around the table and taking a bite as it passed four times. We several days of snorkeling and boogie boarding while the boys and Chad served as well. There were also many lazy hours by the pool, enjoying mai tai's or sitting in the very hot spa.

Kauai was a great start to our Hawaii adventure!



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